Spring Break For Your HVAC System
Are you making the most of the mild spring we are having in Houston? Taking a break from our normal HVAC shop talk we want to discuss a valuable home life hack. While it’s cool out, it is the perfect time to give your HVAC system a spring break of its own. Turn it off and air out your house and give your windows a good cleaning. Soon the Texas heat wave will be upon us and take it from a Houston AC repair veteran, it will be hot as ever. Cleaning your windows and screens not only keeps your windows functioning properly but it beautifies your home and the fresh air cleanses your home. With a few simple life hacks from some of our friends in the replacement window industry, you can have your windows and screens looking brand new.
Size Up The Job
Granted, cleaning windows isn’t neuroscience, however, it can still be a daunting task depending on the size and floorplan of your home. If you have a lot of windows or live in a two-story home, it might be something you want to hire out professionals for. Much like Houston AC repair pros recommend you not try a DIY on your HVAC system, we don’t recommend scaling two stories to clean your windows. But if you are feeling empowered and want to tackle it, we’ll show you how.
Keep It Simple To Keep It Crystal
When it comes to getting that coveted crystal clear shine on your windows, you can skip the expensive spray bottles of blue liquid. Most brand name solutions are overpriced hype and you can get the same results for pennies on the dollar. In Houston AC repair, when we need to clean coils, sure, we use a specially formulated spray to cut through oil and debris, but we are talking windows here, not a 10k AC unit. Keep it simple and take a bucket of warm water with a few drops of Dawn dish soap or your favorite brand. The trick to crystal clear windows is the method, not the solution.
Using your inexpensive miracle cleaner, grab a sponge, dunk it in the solution and scrub every window pane from inside and out. Here is the key step, quickly remove the solution from the window using a rubber squeegee. It should just take one swoop on small panes, but on large panes wipe the squeegee with a towel after each pass.
Once your windows are sparkling and crystal clear wipe them down with a soft microfiber cloth. One other note, make sure you take this task on when it is overcast outside, this way you aren’t fighting the quick drying power of the sun. Once all is done, you can tackle the screens
Good Screens Are Clean Screens
If you have never cleaned your window screens you might be surprised to see how much dirt and grime as accumulated on them. In our Houston AC repair company, we have seen similar stories with air filters in residential units. A screen is similar, it filters the breeze from bugs and small debris from dirtying up your house. Just like an AC unit though, if the screens are clogged, you will get less air flow. To clean a screen you need to remove it from the window and give it a good soak with a hose. Then take your window cleaning solution and a nylon brush and gently scrub away all the grime, once you feel it is clean hose it down thoroughly and let it dry before putting it back on.
Rain, Rain Go Away
The best life hack for keeping your windows clean is to keep the dirt from building up on them in the first place. The easiest way to do this is with a product usually thought of for car windshields only. RainX rain repellent is a great coating to apply to your home’s windows. Rain will bead up on the glass and roll right off, making it harder for dirt to stick. Simply re-apply the solution every spring cleaning to keep your windows water resistant and cleaning even easier.
Is Your HVAC Ready For Summer?
If you aren’t sure if your HVAC unit is ready for summer, contact us today to schedule a pre-summer tune up and avoid costly Houston AC repair bills. We are the experts serving this area for decades and we are committed to making your home comfortable and cool.